This week in Winning Post

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There's another massive weekend coming up in Australian racing, with Epsom/Metropolitan day at Randwick and spring preview day at Flemington headed by the Turnbull Stakes.

At Randwick, boom Kiwi mare Probabeel faces her toughest test in the Epsom after an impressive second-up win in the Bill Ritchie while the stayers lock horns in the Metropolitan and the babies step out for the first time in the Breeders' Plate and Gimcrack.

At Flemington the cups and Cox Plate contenders clash in the Turnbull, highlight of a quality-packed card.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for The Valley, Tatura and Moruya with fields, colours and tips for other Friday meetings.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Kalgoorlie for cup day in WA.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Murtoa (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Qld edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including cup days at Bairnsdale and Cootamundra plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 6, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post October 3 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday:
The Valley, Tatura, Moruya
Saturday:
Flemington, Randwick, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Kalgoorlie, Murtoa (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sunday:
bet365 Bairnsdale, bet365 Park Kyneton, Cootamundra, Hobart
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Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Caulfield Saturday - R6 N5 Amish Boy 2nd
Caulfield Saturday - R8 N9 Arcadia Queen 3rd
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R7 N4 Ole Kirk 1st
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R9 N5 Masked Crusader 8th
Results
Letter of the Week

It's a mouthful

Newcomers to racing watching on free-to-air might expect to see hordes of horses with strong traditional names, including royal, celestial and gender-based monikers: Kings, Queens, Moons and Stars, a Miss or a Mister here and there.
They would likely to be disappointed that the trend is toward names that are meaningless to anyone but their owners, confounding commentators searching for any meaning at all and requiring race callers to plead for pronunciation guides.
Some may be clever, but clever comes at a cost because online, on paper, on bookies’ boards and in form guides many of these names are completely obtuse and certainly unattractive to racing rookies and their sympathisers.
I don’t mean to offend the Dabernig-Hayes outfit, or their clients, but frankly I don’t give a hoot if Madhmoonah, Manaajim, Tanaawool, Albukhturi, Baaqyah, Mishe Mokwa, Jeehaan and Jawwaal represent something mystical, purposeful or significant.
At least that stable, for the most part, hasn’t ventured down the path of squeezing the maximum 18 characters allowed for horse names these days to create monstrosities like Hoochiecoochiemama, Shakespear’sgalley (yes, one word, and a missing “e”), Zou Zou Kacanarkis, Ridonabigjetplane and Morethannumberone.
Sorry folks, they’ve gone a furlong before callers could spit all that out!
Fair dinkum, I can write sentences that are shorter than some names. Like this one.

Keith Lofthouse
Black Range (Vic)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: